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Tuesday, April 13 • 8:05am - 5:00pm
A Systems- Level Approach for Mindfulness Training in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Research supports that mindfulness strategies are associated with enhanced well-being, decreased anxiety and improved relationship qualities. For the purpose of this assignment, mindfulness will be discussed in terms of where it comes from, what it represents, what it means and does, and how it is beneficial to people. A 12-week yoga intervention program, where students attended 45-minute mindfulness sessions four days a week will be explored and how this intervention could be useful for school professionals, specifically school psychologists. The role of a school psychologist in problem solving and systems level delivery will be discussed as well as the collaborative approach with other school professionals necessary for effective implementation. The results of this study exhibit positive impacts on problematic responses to stress including: emotional arousal, intrusive thoughts, and rumination. Additionally, teachers and administrators generally found positive outcomes in student behaviors in the classroom. Research such as this actively demonstrates the usefulness of mindfulness in schools at a systems-level and could be a valuable tool to battle student stress induced from the COVID-19 pandemic.


Sydney Murphy

School Psychology (M.Ed.)

Tuesday April 13, 2021 8:05am - 5:00pm EDT
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